A Chichester Festival Theatre and Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production. James Bolam and Anne Reid in
or: Please Don't Use The F-Word; By Alistair Beaton
15 - 20 May 2017
Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, this new razor-sharp black comedy by Alistair Beaton visits Bath as part of a major UK tour.
Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word is set in an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas. Anne Reid plays Elizabeth, a retired academic who finds herself transformed from obedient citizen to angry protestor. While her increasingly grumpy husband Jack, played by James Bolam, longs for the quiet life, Elizabeth soars to fame via social media. Desperate to get planning permission, hard-nosed PR men team up with a corrupt local councillor to persuade the villagers that fracking is a good thing but Elizabeth’s having none of it, and mounts the barricades…
The distinguished cast includes James Bolam whose television work includes When the Boat Comes In, The Likely Lads, The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Only When I Laugh, Born and Bred and New Tricks. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Glengarry Glen Ross at the Donmar Warehouse.
Anne Reid is acclaimed for her many theatre, television and film credits include her BAFTA Award-nominated role in Last Tango in Halifax, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and won the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for the 2003 film The Mother with Daniel Craig.
They are joined by Michael Simkins, known for his many TV and West End roles, most recently Yes, Prime Minister and Hay Fever.
A much-praised political satirist, Alistair Beaton’s television work includes the award-winning A Very Social Secretary, the BAFTA-nominated The Trial of Tony Blair and Spitting Image, and his plays include the West End hit Feelgood, winner of the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award.
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Very funny - Guardian
As topical and pacy as the deluge of headlines breaking by the minute - Independent
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Running Time: tbc
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